T M J Interiors

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by T M J Interiors's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from T M J Interiors is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Managing Director James Taylor
Commercial joinery
Established in 1981 by James Taylor, Taylor Made Joinery
Interiors has become a leader in specialist joinery and
the interior fit-out industry. Focusing on the corporate,
residential and specialist sectors, the firm produces quality
joinery for the requirements of high-profile and blue-chip clients,
prestigious private residential and iconic projects. TMJ prides
itself on its home-grown talent, and Managing Director James
Taylor credits this ethos to his own apprenticeship experience.
The growth and development of our once a small, family-run business is evident in
our increased turnover year-on-year, as well as the expansion of our team, which is
now over 180 strong. Our board of directors now has eight members, including our
first female board member Sarah Warren. In line with our ethos to encourage more
women into the industry, our female team is now 26 strong andgrowing.
We offer a range of training opportunities to all employees, placing value on the
importance of development and progression. We encourage young people to
consider a career in construction, offering apprenticeship opportunities throughout
the business, including in joinery, design, finance and surveying. Our apprentices
have proven to be the foundation of our evolving management team and an
essential part of our growth strategy, forming our “Grow Your Own” policy. In my
eyes, the UK is seeing a skills shortage that can be overcome with an increase in
support for the development of young craftsmen, teaching them how to produce
the excellent quality that is synonymous with TMJ Interiors.
One of our project managers, Tim Coll is a prime example of why we encourage
home-grown’ talent at TMJ. Tim undertook a joinery apprenticeship at TMJ after
FACTS ABOUT
TMJ INTERIORS
»Managing Director:
JamesTaylor
»Established in 1981
»Based in Suffolk
»Services: Specialist joinery
»No. of employees: Over 180
TMJ Interiors
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leaving school at the age of 16. Tim is
now our newest board director, after
spending 14 years learning invaluable
skills progressing through TMJ from
an apprentice, joiner, site manager,
project manager and will now to be
a board director for a new division at
TMJ Interiors.
As a project manager, Tim completed
the “Leadership Programme” which is
a year-long training programme that
we run at TMJ alongside West Suffolk
College for those looking to pursue
leadership roles. The programme
allows individuals to develop and
refine a range of skills, with lectures
from a variety of guest speakers,
assignments and a final presentation
to our board of directors which, upon
completion, awards them their ILM
Level 5 leadership and management
qualification. Our dedication to the
training and development of our
workforce is aided by our in-house,
custom-built training facility, which
hosts courses all year round. Not only
is our training centre an adaptable and
collaborative space for our team to
use, but it has also hosted a range of
specialist training days for ourclients.
With family values at the forefront
of our success, we take pleasure in
participating in a variety of team-building
activities throughout the year. We have
taken part in charity mud-runs, bike
rides, bake sales, dress-down days and
mountain hikes to name just a few, all in
aid of charities. We also have our annual
events, such as our family fun day
and our Christmas party. In everything
we do at TMJ, our highly skilled and
dedicated employees come first.
Cutting-edge solutions
We are consistently re-investing, not
only in our people but also in our state
of the art manufacturing facilities
and technology to ensure continuous
improvement. On average, we reinvest
around £1 million a year in expanding
our resources – most recently investing
in our manufacturing facility. Our new
facility will not only be home to new
state of the art machinery, but also an
apprentice training academy, something
we feel incredibly passionate about.
During our 39 years, we have been
fortunate to work on some incredibly
prestigious projects, including Windsor
Specialist joinery
Alongside our
prestigious
client portfolio
is our 94 per
cent repeat
business rate,
testament to
the complete
satisfaction of
our clients
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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Managing Director James Taylor
Commercial joinery
Established in 1981 by James Taylor, Taylor Made Joinery
Interiors has become a leader in specialist joinery and
the interior fit-out industry. Focusing on the corporate,
residential and specialist sectors, the firm produces quality
joinery for the requirements of high-profile and blue-chip clients,
prestigious private residential and iconic projects. TMJ prides
itself on its home-grown talent, and Managing Director James
Taylor credits this ethos to his own apprenticeship experience.
The growth and development of our once a small, family-run business is evident in
our increased turnover year-on-year, as well as the expansion of our team, which is
now over 180 strong. Our board of directors now has eight members, including our
first female board member Sarah Warren. In line with our ethos to encourage more
women into the industry, our female team is now 26 strong andgrowing.
We offer a range of training opportunities to all employees, placing value on the
importance of development and progression. We encourage young people to
consider a career in construction, offering apprenticeship opportunities throughout
the business, including in joinery, design, finance and surveying. Our apprentices
have proven to be the foundation of our evolving management team and an
essential part of our growth strategy, forming our “Grow Your Own” policy. In my
eyes, the UK is seeing a skills shortage that can be overcome with an increase in
support for the development of young craftsmen, teaching them how to produce
the excellent quality that is synonymous with TMJ Interiors.
One of our project managers, Tim Coll is a prime example of why we encourage
home-grown’ talent at TMJ. Tim undertook a joinery apprenticeship at TMJ after
FACTS ABOUT
TMJ INTERIORS
»Managing Director:
JamesTaylor
»Established in 1981
»Based in Suffolk
»Services: Specialist joinery
»No. of employees: Over 180
TMJ Interiors
25TMJ INTERIORS |
HOUSING
leaving school at the age of 16. Tim is
now our newest board director, after
spending 14 years learning invaluable
skills progressing through TMJ from
an apprentice, joiner, site manager,
project manager and will now to be
a board director for a new division at
TMJ Interiors.
As a project manager, Tim completed
the “Leadership Programme” which is
a year-long training programme that
we run at TMJ alongside West Suffolk
College for those looking to pursue
leadership roles. The programme
allows individuals to develop and
refine a range of skills, with lectures
from a variety of guest speakers,
assignments and a final presentation
to our board of directors which, upon
completion, awards them their ILM
Level 5 leadership and management
qualification. Our dedication to the
training and development of our
workforce is aided by our in-house,
custom-built training facility, which
hosts courses all year round. Not only
is our training centre an adaptable and
collaborative space for our team to
use, but it has also hosted a range of
specialist training days for ourclients.
With family values at the forefront
of our success, we take pleasure in
participating in a variety of team-building
activities throughout the year. We have
taken part in charity mud-runs, bike
rides, bake sales, dress-down days and
mountain hikes to name just a few, all in
aid of charities. We also have our annual
events, such as our family fun day
and our Christmas party. In everything
we do at TMJ, our highly skilled and
dedicated employees come first.
Cutting-edge solutions
We are consistently re-investing, not
only in our people but also in our state
of the art manufacturing facilities
and technology to ensure continuous
improvement. On average, we reinvest
around £1 million a year in expanding
our resources – most recently investing
in our manufacturing facility. Our new
facility will not only be home to new
state of the art machinery, but also an
apprentice training academy, something
we feel incredibly passionate about.
During our 39 years, we have been
fortunate to work on some incredibly
prestigious projects, including Windsor
Specialist joinery
Alongside our
prestigious
client portfolio
is our 94 per
cent repeat
business rate,
testament to
the complete
satisfaction of
our clients
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Castle, The Royal Opera House, The
Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The
Royal Festival Hall. One of our most
challenging projects was for the
London 2012 Olympics. Initially, we
were contracted to manufacture and
install 40 concessions pods in three
weeks. As the project progressed,
we took responsibility for the
manufacturing and installing a variety
of other crucial elements as part of the
main stadium, including The Royal Box,
control rooms, camera support stands
and decking. Eventually, this project
resulted in over 170 team members
working on-site, seven days a week,
to deliver the project on time and
within budget, demonstrating just how
adaptable we are as a team.
Our work is a result of timber
engineering; our joiners are expert
craftsmen and together we exceed
client expectations by manufacturing
exceptional joinery. We offer solutions
to our world-renowned, blue-chip
client base, with the list expanding
each year. Alongside our prestigious
client portfolio is our 94 per cent repeat
business rate, this is a testament to the
complete satisfaction of our clients. We
assist our customers with early advice
including samples, buildability advice,
mock-ups and even three-dimensional
models to help their visions come to life.
The key to our continued success lies
with our proven supply chain partners,
who we view as part of the TMJ team,
we too offer training and development
opportunities to help them continuously
improve alongsideus.
Technology is a key driver in our
business, this is mostly recently evident
in our Bloomberg Auditorium project at
Bloomberg’s European headquarters.
We worked alongside 30 different
trades to deliver this prestigious project,
demonstrating our BIM technological
capabilities. Creating the entire project
on screen, including joinery and MEP,
allowed us to accurately and efficiently
plan manufacture andinstallation.
Our 70,000 square foot manufacturing
facility has a range of environmentally-
friendly equipment, including two
biomass boilers, which uses all our
offcuts to heat the workshop, and
a water harvester which gathers
rainwater to flush our toilets. Our fleet
of lorries also run on Euro 6 diesel
engines.All deliveries made use a
multidrop and collection system, which
reduces the number of journeys.
In addition to these initiatives, we
make a conscious commitment to the
environment by using water-based
lacquers, recycled paper, motion sensor
lighting, solar panels, FSC-approved
timber and much more.When we first
moved to ourBildeston headquarters
over 30 years ago, we planted 1,000
trees in the surrounding area, a legacy
that we hope will continue long into
our fifth decade andbeyond. Not only
do we emphasise the importance of our
environment, but we are also committed
to our local community. As a large
business in a rural area, 80 per cent of
our employees live within12 miles of our
Bildeston headquarters. Reinvestment
in the local community is important to
us, we have recently manufactured and
installed Suffolk Lowland Search and
Rescue’s headquarters.
We have been
fortunate to
work on some
incredibly
prestigious
projects,
including
Windsor
Castle, the
Royal Opera
House, the
Royal
Shakespeare
Theatre and
theRoyal
FestivalHall
Specialist joinery

www.tmjinteriors.com

This article was sponsored by T M J Interiors. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development